Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, the fruit is a wellness powerhouse. Rich in Vitamin A and C, it supports healthy immune function. The abundance of anti-inflammatory flavanones and anti-carcinogenic terpene Lycopene provide the citrus with potential to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancers. According to a small scale study in humans, insulin resistance can also be reduced with a consistent ingestion alongside regular meals, benefiting the waist and the pancreas. It may even assist with preventing kidney stones, as grapefruit’s citric acid can inhibit their formation. Because of its strong affinity towards CYP450 enzymes in the liver, the fruit is also useful for potentiation of drugs which employ them in their metabolism. Kratom’s Mitrogynine, as well as some other opioids, are some notable examples of compounds which grapefruit outcompetes for breakdown, resulting in their increased potency. Use caution: inhibition of liver enzymes can also increase the risk of Kratom’s potential hepatotoxicity. DO NOT USE for potentiation if recovering from an opioid dependency, or suffering from cirrhosis!
Botanical Name: Citrus Paradisi